There was a day when you could spend time playing a RPG game. You would spend minutes to even hours to build a character you later would expand and change to watch it grow into an identity of its own. It seems long past are those days of real RPG game play. Lately with the birth of MMO's "Cookie Cutter" game play role playing games have gradually become a letter addon to the latest release of a game that becomes less like rgp and more a mindless grind fest of leveling or gathering the latest stats and armor to be the best at a poorly designed pvp system. There is little adventuring to most MMOs and with many I have played and tested there is little to nothing of a storyline. What storyline and background there is to some games seems more like and after thought. There use to be a time where the story plot was the very thing that drew you into the the game world and progressed the interaction of the characters.
To date there seems to be few MMOs that have continued this idea.
As I have played what some label them as "MMORPG" I have found myself enjoying most and for a few, playing longer than a few weeks, but there have been only 1% (if that) of these so called rpg style games that actually keep me coming back because I wanted to see where the story progressed from where I left it. In fact the one game I still play that does seem to incorporate a storyline plot is LOTRO. For the most part I feel like my character is involved in a adventure that impacts my world.
For me, if I am going to put more time and money into something I would like to have something more than a game that leaves me grinding away endlessly at mobs for item drops and reputation that only produces an end result of trying to be king for a few days in a pvp fest of wasted time! Don't take this wrong here. I love pvping and have spent alot of time with fps games like Halo, but if you are going to label your MMO with those 3 little letters at the end THEN please offer a real role playing experience for the many out there that like to get more out of a game than a great ego feed trying to be the best pker in the game!